COVID-19 devastates Odisha family; 4 siblings die in 3 months

Berhampur: The COVID-19 completely devastated a family in Odisha by claiming four lives just in a period of three months.

The deaths sent shockwaves across Angargaon village under Beguniapada Block in Ganjam district.

While 3 brothers had died of COVID-19 in three months, the family lost fourth one yesterday due to the deadly virus.

According to reports, late Mahant Sahoo of Angargaon village had five sons and all were living together happily in the family with separate set-up for income. Two years ago, the second son Bhikari Sahoo died due to illness.

The remaining four brothers were living in a joint family. While the eldest son Dhabaleswar Sahoo (60) and youngest son Krushna Chandra Sahoo (42) were running a grocery shop, fourth son Mangaraj Sahoo (48) had a chemist store and third son Basudev Sahoo (50) was owner of two buses and a tractor.

The tragedy struck the family in July when three brothers died due to Coronavirus just in six days. The virus claimed the life of youngest brother Krushna Chandra on July 14 while he was being shifted to a COVID hospital in Bhubaneswar for treatment. Two days after the incident, fourth brother Mangaraj died at the MKCG Hospital after being infected with the COVID-19. After two days, third brother Basudev Sahoo succumbed to the virus.

The series of deaths left the family shattered. But, the eldest son Dhabaleswar stood firm during the tragedy and took responsibility of remaining members of family on his shoulder.

However, the tragic period of the family did not end with loss of three members. On September 27, Dhabaleswar suddenly developed COVID-19 symptoms following which he underwent antigen test. Even as his report came out negative, he was admitted to the COVID ward of the MKCG Hospital in Berhampur. However, he died on Wednesday while undergoing treatment.

The son of the deceased raised question on decision of health officials who admitted his father at a COVID ward of the hospital even though he had not tested positive for the virus.

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